When is comes to the festive season, I do love to indulge a little – so it’s nice to find a recipe that is both as healthy as it is indulgent.
It’s a great pleasure this Christmas Eve to be featuring Kezia Hall‘s Christmas stollen energy bites recipe, along with her ‘baking rationale’. I’ve been a fan of her site, Super Naturally Healthy, for a long while now – as a holistic health coach and online healthy eating course creator, she’s just full of great recipes and ideas!
Here’s her gorgeously rich recipe full of superfoods, along with her journey to healthy eating:
When is comes to the festive season it is all about the food for me. Of course family plays its role I suppose but it the pies, chocolate and endless excuses to have cookies and milk I love. But as a holistic health coach and recovering sugar addict I am also just as excited about staying healthy, energised and happy over the festive season.
You see I used to suffer from terrible digestive issues, depression, chronic bowel problems, crazy hormones and worse until I discovered that my one of my greatest loves, food, could actually be my medicine. Eating could actually help me heal – this was such good news! So I went on a journey of learning to listen to (and love) my body and find out what being healthy and healed looked like for ME.
Yet despite what you might think, this hasn’t involved becoming a food bore and always eating salad. One of my great joys in life is eating things like cake and having a treat with my coffee. I have learnt that it all contributes just as much to my overall health as green juice does!
This Stollen Bite Recipe is the perfect example of speedy, delicious and drool worthy food that is actually going to add a spring to your step NOT an added wobble and do your body some good this festive season!
These are free from refined sugar, gluten, grains and dairy and don’t involve baking so even the most domestically challenged can produce these in a flurry! Full of healthy fats to keep you full and your blood sugar more stable and wonderful fibre from the dates, this is the perfect energy boosting alternative to a stodgy gluten-filled treat. Plus they take about 20 minutes to make and taste divine. The perfect post-Christmas shopping, present wrapping, energy boost in my books!
If you want more deliciously simple winter snacks and treat recipes that will do you good then check out my Eat & Be Merry Recipe eBook to so you can have your cake and eat it this winter!
So enjoy your festive treats this Christmas – just make sure they nourish your body inside and out!
Makes 14-16 pieces
2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
3 medjool dates
50g butter or coconut oil
Zest of half lemon
50g dark chocolate
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth (roughly 1-2 minutes depending on quality of processor)
- Then in a small, glass, lined dish press the mixture until even, flat and firm. Alternatively you could shape into balls
- Place in fridge to set for 45 minutes
- Once set, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. Then use a spoon to drizzle over the top of your bites and allow the drizzle to set
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container and they will last for 2 weeks, or longer in the freezer